E3Round UP – Proud Partner of YCF
E3 Recruitment is proud to be the only recruitment member of this unique support network.
YCF is a not-for profit membership organisation for the manufacturing industry and its supply chain. They operate across sectors building partnerships, services and connections, enabling companies to share best practice, overcome common challenges and network. YCF has a strong membership of process manufacturers including many SME’s and prominent employers.
YCF which stands for Your Connected Future, has been operating now for 11 years and started its life through the Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward as a cluster support programme, which it was then known as Yorkshire Chemical Focus. YCF now operates across four strategic themes – Manufacturing, QSHE, Regulatory and Sector Specific – each group meets twice a year to listen to presentations, form new connections and network. These meeting are free for YCF Members to attend and many of the YCF initiatives and projects start from these groups, such as the Process Manufacturing Centre at Kirklees College.
This unique Yorkshire based group has the backing of engineering giant Siemens who recently renewed its Sector Specific Partnership. Sean McDonagh, Business Manager at Siemens, commented: “I was delighted to recently confirm Siemens renewal of its Sector Specific Network sponsorship with YCF. Engaging with YCF membership, sharing best practice and working in collaboration around key issues facing all process sectors, has been very insightful for our business. A highlight for me was the membership visit to our global award winning drives factory at Congleton. I would highly recommend engaging with the YCF team and look forward to meeting other members at future events”.
YCF has built and continues to build strong relationship with its members thanks to the expertise and industry knowledge of YCF CEO Jill Mooney and Lisa Buck, who is the Operating Manager. E3R Directors Tracie Norton and James Soden sit on the steering group for the YCF Skills group and were introduced to Jill and Lisa at the Manufactured Yorkshire event last year, although Tracie had previously worked with Jill at Unilever, Leeds. Straight away they hit it off and realised there was real synergy between the E3R and YCF, not only working in the same industry, but having a good knowledge of industry challenges and demands.
That same year E3 Recruitment sponsored the manufacturing section of YCF’s Annual Conference and then went onto sponsor the Annual Dinner. James commented: “Right from our very first meeting with YCF we could see straight away there was a perfect strategic fit between us. I now sit on the YCF skills steering group advising on industry recruitment requirements and skills gaps. Our involvement with YCF has been extremely beneficial to the business as it has strengthened our network and introduced us to new clients.”
E3R Director Andrew Pilling recently attended the YCF QSHE network visit to the Heineken plant in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire. The meeting consisted of a morning of member presentations followed by a facility tour in the afternoon. Lisa Buck Operations Manager commented: “The networks, which are based on our four themes are an opportunity for industry to come together in the same room and network with industry peers from various companies, many people find these meeting invaluable as not only can you share stories of best practice and discuss challenges, you get to hear about what other companies are doing and perhaps mirror those principles in your business. These events are always popular, and practically organise themselves as members see the benefit and want to be involved.”
In June, YCF organised an industry open day with the University of Bradford to showcase how businesses can collaborate with the different university departments. The event was attended by 70 delegates who heard from a range of speakers, who presented case study examples of successful industry partnerships including, developing new product innovations, improving manufacturing processes, reducing costs, increasing profit and the different funding streams available. Delegates were also given a tour of the university’s state-of-the-art facilities. The day was a huge success and there are already eight potential collaborations in the pipeline.
The range of projects YCF is involved in is vast. Just recently they launched the YCF Directory of Approved Consultants, which is a free service for consultant members with less than five employees. At the other end of the spectrum YCF have been involved with the SCOT project, which stands for Smart CO2 Transformation, which was the first ever European initiative in the field of carbon dioxide utilisation.
This year YCF will host their third Annual Dinner and first People Awards Ceremony, which is sponsored by E3 Recruitment and will take place on 19th October 2016 at Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford. Lisa concluded: “These awards are different because we want to celebrate the people behind the businesses and projects. Anyone can nominate and anyone from within the manufacturing industry can be nominated.” This sums up YCF as a whole, because even though they are supporting the manufacturing industry – it’s the people who work in the industry who YCF are geared up to support and which is why they continue to be successful in what they do, with the full support of their members and industry giant Siemens.